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Is Dermaplaning Good For Aging Skin?

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Dermaplaning is a treatment that uses a surgical scalpel to remove dead skin and peach fuzz from the surface of the skin. It does not involve any ablation and is safe for all skin types and tones. Since it mainly is an exfoliation treatment, many patients ask, “Is dermaplaning good for aging skin?” While dermaplaning on its own is not an anti-aging treatment, it can complement other anti-aging procedures. For example, because dermaplaning removes dead skin and hair that may otherwise prevent skincare products and procedures from penetrating deeper into the skin. When a patient undergoes dermaplaning before another procedure, this can increase the efficacy. This is especially true of medical grade facials and chemical peels. Additionally, dermaplaning is great for providing a temporary skin glow. Therefore, if you need a quick glow for an event, dermaplaning is a great finishing touch that can give you a healthy looking glow and make your make-up go on easier. In short, yes, dermaplaning is good for aging skin, though it is not an anti-aging treatment on its own. Your master esthetician can determine if dermaplaning is a good addition to your normal routine. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, or contact form
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Benefits Of Chin Filler

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For many patients, chin filler is one of the most surprising non-surgical procedures available. This is because it can address concerns seemingly unrelated to the chin. Since the chin is one of the structural mainstays of the lower third of the face, a strong chin can make a major difference in the look of the face. Here are some of the benefits of chin filler and some may be surprising.

#1: Sharper Jawline

Many patients who come in for jaw filler to achieve a sharper, more defined jawline are surprised when their injector recommended chin filler instead. A recessed chin, even one that is not that noticeable or pronounced, can make the jawline look shorter and less defined. Adding projection to the chin with filler lengthens the look of the jawline which overall defines its appearance.

#2: Opportunity To “Try On” A Chin Implant

Deciding to undergo chin augmentation with an implant is a big decision. While chin implants are sized and customized to the patient, it can be difficult to commit without knowing you will even like the look of your augmented chin. Dermal fillers are a temporary way to experiment with how your chin would look post-surgery. This can help many patients decide the best chin augmentation route for them.

#3: Correct Unwanted Chin Dimples

When a patient comes in wanting to correct an unwanted chin dimple or similar minor concern, a chin implant is simply not warranted. While it may address the issue, it ultimately overcorrects in many cases. Therefore, filler is a great option for these patients because they can use only a small amount of filler to correct the specific problem areas. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, or contact form.
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What Filler Is Best For The Temples?

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The temples are among one of the areas of the face that loses volume first. In fact, even just an active lifestyle can lead to hollowed out temples. Therefore, temple filler is becoming a more popular treatment to round out the face and provide a more youthful appearance. Patients often like to know the dermal filler that will give them the best results so they may ask, “What filler is best for the temples?” The best filler for the temples will vary based on the patient, their anatomy, and their goals. Typically, the temples require more filler than other areas because of how much space is present. Additionally, the temples, even though they carry a small amount of fat, are a rather bony area. Therefore, a softer filler is usually not preferred.  The fillers that the injectors at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery use may include fillers such as Restalyne Defyne, Juvederm Voluma, and Restylane Refyne. Nearly any dermal filler can be used in the temples if the patient is the right candidate for that particular filler. Your injector will discuss the numerous options available during your consultation. To schedule a consultation with an injector at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator®.
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Is RF Microneedling Painful?

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Radiofrequency microneedling–more commonly known as RF microneedling–is a form of microneedling that reaches deeper below the skin’s surface. This means that the controlled damage is more than on the surface of the skin. It is ideal for improving the appearance of acne scars, sun damage, and aging. When a master esthetician describes the procedure to patients, a frequently asked question often follows, “Is RF microneedling painful?” In technicality, the procedure is more painful than traditional microneedling. However, in practice, patients barely feel the procedure because topical numbing cream is applied beforehand. This keeps the procedure nearly painless and most patients remain perfectly comfortable throughout the treatment. Patients may feel the pressure of the device against their skin and some may experience some minor discomfort if they have sensitive skin, or towards the end of the procedure. To account for this, your master esthetician will adjust the settings of the microneedling device for each area. This prevents the microneedles from penetrating too deeply or causing too much damage. It also limits pain. Overall, RF microneedling is not a painful procedure. Your master esthetician will use topical numbing creams and various techniques to keep the treatment as painless as possible. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online using Price Simulator®, chat, and contact form.
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How Do You Fix Sunken Temples?

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Sunken temples are a common condition that can occur with aging, due to weight loss, or even just from living an athletic lifestyle. Losing volume in this area can make the face look aged, gaunt, and tired. Therefore, many patients want to correct this look and come to the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery with the question, “How do you fix sunken temples?” Luckily, for most patients, there is a quick and easy solution that can fill in their temples and provide a more youthful look. Dermal fillers injected into the temples can address hollowing and wrinkles in the area. It can also round out the face in that area to create a more flattering face shape.  Temple fillers take around twenty to thirty minutes to complete in our office and are completely non-surgical. They will require regular injections roughly once or twice a year to maintain the look. However, for many patients this is worth it because of the difference temple filler can make in their overall facial appearance.  For patients with more advanced aging or brow sagging, a brow lift may also address the temples and provide a youthful look. This is generally in older patients or those who need more than hollowed temples addressed. Your provider can discuss these options with you during your consultation.  To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us online through our Price Simulator™, chat, or contact form.

How Painful Is Laser Tattoo Removal?

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Getting a tattoo can be a painful endeavor. Those who choose to remove their tattoos may wonder if it comes with pain as well. Overall, the best way to remove a tattoo is using a laser which can break down the pigment of the tattoo and fade it into your skin. One of the most common questions our master estheticians hear during laser tattoo removal consultations is, “How painful is laser tattoo removal?”   The amount of pain that a patient experiences during laser tattoo removal will vary from patient to patient. Generally, patients do feel some pain or discomfort during the procedure. For many, this pain compares to getting the tattoo. Others may experience less pain depending on the age, location, and size of the tattoo.    Additionally, a laser tattoo removal session takes less time than most tattoo appointments. Therefore, you will only have to bear the pain or discomfort for a short period of time, unlike when getting the tattoo. Your master esthetician can provide better insight into how painful laser tattoo removal may be for you after gauging the specifics of your tattoo.    To schedule a consultation with a master esthetician at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us online through Price Simulator™, chat, or contact form.
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Can You Still See A Tattoo After Laser Removal?

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Tattoos are designed to be a permanent fixture of our skin. In some cases, people may want to remove tattoos for a variety of reasons. There are few ways to effectively remove or fade a tattoo. Among one of the best ways to remove a tattoo is using a laser. Laser tattoo removal uses a laser to target the pigment in your tattoo. Over time, the tattoo ink will absorb the laser and fragment on the molecular level. To us, this will appear as fading. However, can lasers totally remove the tattoo? Can you still see a tattoo after laser removal? To answers these questions, your master esthetician will need to see your tattoo and skin. Certain colors and types of tattoo inks respond better to laser tattoo treatment than others. If your tattoo is old, you will also likely see better results following tattoo removal. Occasionally, it is possible to see a tattoo, even after laser treatments. This may indicate that you require more treatments. Some patients who intend to get another tattoo over top only want to see some fading of their tattoo. Laser tattoo removal can also achieve this. Typically, laser tattoo removal requires multiple sessions to see the best results. Therefore, if your goals are to fade the tattoo, you may need fewer sessions than someone who wants to totally remove the tattoo.  To learn more and schedule, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also contact us online via our Price Simulator™, contact form, and chat.
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Dermaplaning Bellevue: How Often To Get Dermaplaning?

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Dermaplaning is a procedure that uses a surgical blade to remove peach fuzz and dead skin. This can improve the efficacy of your skincare products and can contribute to a smoother makeup application. One of the most loved and notable benefits of dermaplaning is the glow it often creates after treatment. After undergoing their first Bellevue dermaplaning treatment, patients often want to know how often they can have dermaplaning. This question will vary for everyone. So, how often to get dermaplaning?   Dermaplaning is considered one of the least invasive skincare procedures. It exfoliates and opens up the pores with an extremely gentle and careful technique. Therefore, it is possible to undergo dermaplaning more often than other procedures such as chemical peels or microneedling.    Most patients can safely get dermaplaning every three to four weeks. This roughly once enough schedule removes the dead skin that accumulated since the last treatment, removes surface hair, and restores a dermaplane glow. This schedule hinges on you only undergoing dermaplaning or gentle facials. If you have a procedure such as a chemical peel between dermaplaning sessions, you may need to wait before having another session.    Your master esthetician will review your skin needs and create a customized skincare treatment plan. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us online through our contact forms and Price Simulator™ app.
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Laser Hair Removal Bellevue: How Often Can You Do Laser Hair Removal?

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Laser hair removal is a hair removal treatment that requires around four sessions to see lasting results. Understandably, patients often want to finish these sessions as quickly as possible. Traditionally, laser hair removal sessions are spaced four to six weeks apart to account for every hair growth cycle. It is a common question during laser hair removal consults: how often can you do laser hair removal? Hair grows in cycles. This means that not every follicle produces hair all the time. During your first session, the laser will address the active hair follicles. Varying hair follicles are active during different cycles. Therefore, laser hair removal requires multiple sessions for the best results. Hair has four growth cycles. This is why your master esthetician usually recommends at least four treatments to treat each cycle. Depending on the thickness of your hair and the area, you may need extra sessions. Typically, hair cycles shift every four to six weeks. Hence, the reason why there are usually four to six weeks between sessions.  Some people have differing cycles depending on their body and the treatment area. At a consultation, your master esthetician will examine the area to determine your hair type and other factors that influence the number of sessions and how far they are spaced. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us through our Price Simulator™ app and social media.
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Laser Skin Resurfacing Bellevue: Surgical Lasers vs. Non-Surgical Lasers

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Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that removes dead skin and the upper layers of skin to create smoother, better quality skin. There are two main methods for laser skin resurfacing: surgical and non-surgical. Surgical laser skin resurfacing is often performed with a CO2 laser. Non-surgical resurfacing typically uses a non-ablative CO2 laser. What are the differences between surgical lasers vs. non-surgical lasers?   The main difference between surgical and non-surgical lasers is that surgical lasers are ablative while non-surgical lasers are usually non-ablative. Ablative lasers remove the top layer of the skin to stimulate the creation of new skin. This boosts collagen production and can aid in the repair of damaged skin. In contrast, non-ablative lasers use a more targeted approach that addresses the lower levels of skin. Like surgical lasers, this also stimulates collagen and elastin production.   The approach that will best fit your skin and goals is best discussed during a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery. Patients who will benefit best from surgical CO2 lasers may have extensive skin damage from the sun or age. While those who want to treat the early signs of aging may benefit more from non-surgical lasers.   To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
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